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How do we really know what is going on in our heart? I believe that one of the easiest ways we can understand what is going on in our heart is to look at our checkbook or look at our bank statement.
I have often wondered why God devotes so much of His Word to instruction on how we should handle our money and possessions. (Over 2000 verses in the Bible have to do with this subject.) I believe the answer lies in Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
The tenets of living out our commitment of making Christ the Lord of our life are somewhat intangible. How do we measure faith, contentment, trust, love, unselfishness and a host of other standards that God has called us to on our journey to be Christ like? How do we really know what is going on in our heart? I believe that one of the easiest ways we can understand what is going on in our heart is to look at our checkbook or look at our bank statement.
Are we content with what we have? Hebrews 13:5 says "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have" Do we have a lot of debt because we feel that we deserve more than what God has provided?
Do we really trust God? Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart" Are we trusting God or a bank account or stock portfolio?
Is God really first in our lives? Matthew 6:33 says "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God" How much do we give to the Lord's work and fulfilling the Great Commission compared with how much we spend on ourselves.
Charles Stanley said "It is impossible to separate your faith from your finances." Larry Burkett said "Money is a testimony of what is most important to you."
As a Christian we have to come to the conclusion that money is far more than just a financial issue. Money is also a spiritual issue. Luke 16:11 says that before we can expect true spiritual blessings from God we must get our money in order.
Yes, I believe the reason that there are so many verses in the Bible about money is that finances is one of the most tangible ways we can measure our relationship with God. Perhaps we could paraphrase Matthew 6:21 this way: Look at our finances and we will see our love for God.